Criminal Law: Drug Charges: Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs have rapidly surpassed many illegal drugs in both illicit use and criminal consequence. These drugs are particularly dangerous because of they are easily accessible, very powerful and carry significant legal penalties, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for possession of even small amounts of prescription drugs. We have found that many defendants charged with trafficking in these drugs are simply addicts who buy or sell small amounts of these drugs to support their addiction.
All charges related to prescription drug charges are serious; nearly all are at least a third degree felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison. Many carry mandatory prison sentence ranging from 3 to 25 years. There are some defenses to a prescription drug charge depending on the facts of your case. For example, possessing prescription drugs prescribed to you is legal. Further, even if you have no legal defense to the criminal charge, you may qualify for a diversionary program such as drug court or a pre-trial intervention.
If you are accused or charged with a criminal offense related to prescription drugs, contact a qualified attorney immediately. All of the criminal attorneys at Silverman, Vorhis & Mack have extensive experience in dealing with charges related to prescription drugs. Call us today to see if we can help with your case.
Criminal Law: Drug Charges: Marijuana
While many states move toward legalization of marijuana, the Florida legislature continues to move in the opposite direction, cracking down on possession of the drug as well as any “drug paraphernalia”. In Florida, possession of any amount of marijuana, even “shake” (the small amount marijuana typically left at the bottom of the plastic bag or other container in which the marijuana was stored) can lead to a conviction. Further, possession of marijuana over 20 grams can lead to felony charges.
While most citizen believe possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is acceptable, law enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney still actively prosecute these cases. Possession of even a tiny amount of marijuana can subject someone to the possibility of a year in jail. Further, a conviction for possession of any amount of marijuana will lead to an automatic suspension of your driver’s license, even if the charge has nothing to do with a vehicle!
If you are charged with possession of marijuana, you should take the charge very seriously. A conviction will cause not only the regular criminal penalties, but you will lose your license for two years (a time period 4 times longer than for a first time DUI conviction). Call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you are arrested or charged with possession of marijuana.